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Which Livos oil should be used to protect exotic wood?

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IPÉ exotic wood is very popular for outdoor terraces and patios but also for flooring. Livos products are suitable for both indoor and outdoor projects. Find out about the right oils for exotic wood in each situation.

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How to Protect a Wood Retaining Wall in 3 Easy Steps

A wood retaining wall converts hills in your yard into an easily navigable land. The disadvantage of these wooden walls is that they can rot quickly. You must find the right product to protect your retaining wall. Here’s how you can protect your wood retaining wall in three easy steps:

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Why Choose Exotic Wood for Your Backyard Projects?

Exotic wood is so beautiful that it is often considered for many projects, including outdoor undertakings. This type of wood is chosen for aesthetics and quality. Let’s see why.

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Marc-André, Ph. D
Yes Hannah. Right on!
Monday, 21 January 2019 08:33

Great Treatment Options for Wooden Pallet Floors

When it comes to wood flooring, more and more DIY’ers are turning to wood pallets as their material of choice.


Pallet wood flooring makes a wonderful option for both aesthetics and durability, but there is more to it than simply tearing apart some wooden pallets and laying them down. Pallet wood flooring is ideal for cottages, chalets, backyard decks, basements, kitchen floors, or even the floor of a pontoon.


However, without the right pallet wood treatment, you may end up with a host of problems that threaten your flooring project and require you to tear it up and start over.


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5 Projects to use Wood Pallets

You have wood pallets available and you would like to design unique practical new projects? Whether you want to make furniture or decorations, here are a few ideas that should stimulate your imagination! And what is more, you do not need to be an expert to carry out these projects. 

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Livos: the Ecological Wood Finishing Oil

Nowadays health and environment are two major concerns. This is why, when considering choosing a finishing product, natural ecological products should be favored. Did you know that Livos' flax-based oils are the most efficient ecological substitute for acrylic or urethane-based varnishes or traditional oil stains?


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How do you find your way out of the maze of wood stain products?

There are hundreds of outdoor stains. There are natural oil stains often found in specialized hardware stores, home made products found in cabinetmaking centers, high-end and low-end stains in large-scale renovations centers... In front of all these choices, it can be difficult to find our way out of this! Yet all products have their share of particularity which distinguishes them from each other. 

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Restoring your window has become a real head-scratcher? Please read this post!

Your old wooden windows are 25? 50? 100 years old? Worn, damaged and covered with a peeling paint, they completely lost their former look. Is the glass of your window damaged? Or is it the casing or the sash? It may be tempting to replace them with white PVC windows for the modern look but if your goal is a good return on investment by saving on energy costs, you might be surprised to learn that you will have to wait 100 years or even 250 years before seeing the color of your money, much more than the average life of these new windows1

(1) Harris, J. and Blasnik, M. (2007) Reference design guide for highly energy efficient residential construction. 64 pages. (

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4 steps to oil or stain your cedar patio

You have been studying with scrutiny and discovered that cedar is one of the best wood species for your patio. But you hit a snag. Most of the finishing products you know that worked properly on your old pine or spruce patio now have a hard life on your new cedar patio. Result, you are at your 3rd full stripping and are about to put the ax in your patio! Hold on!!

Cedar is a wood containing an oily sap (tannin) that repels most conventional stain products. However, this feature is also what makes this wood resistant to fungi, insects and other rotting agents. In addition, cedar wood is naturally stable and will be much more resistant to cracking and deformation. So, with the right finishing product, you’re still in good hands with your cedar patio.

In this article, I will introduce you the 4 steps that will make you comfortably enjoy your cedar patio. Note that these steps are important to follow. You will not want to live your old nightmare again!

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Why do ALIS products prevent you from sanding your wooden patio over and over again?

Do you know the value of your time?


Do you know how long it takes to sand a patio again?


Did you know that it was possible to significantly reduce the maintenance time of your outdoor deck by choosing the right product?


To avoid repetitive sanding between the maintenance of all your horizontal wood surfaces, you need a product that is perfectly absorbed in the wood and does not tend to accumulate as a film with time and maintenance.

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5 Benefits of Using Tung Oil to Protect Your Wooden Patio

Have you ever wondered what was the content of your outdoor finishing product? How can we make the right choice if we do not know what we are buying? At Livos, we declare the full list of our raw materials so that you can make educated choices and be confident toward what you buy. 

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Marc-André, Ph. D
Thanks Geline!
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:48
Marc-André, Ph. D
All right Peter, thanks for letting me know!
Friday, 12 October 2018 08:15
Marc-André, Ph. D
Hey Spencer, thank you so much! I appreciate it!
Friday, 09 November 2018 12:22

What products should be used to protect an outer hemlock siding?

Less expensive than cedar or spruce, hemlock is the hardwood of soft woods. This characteristic makes it a perfect wood for structures in humid environments such as docks, little wood bridge, fences, flower boxes and garden structures in greenhouses that can also become very humid.
Eastern hemlock, a wood well known in the eastern province of Canada, is appreciated for its rustic appearance with rich tone. In recent years, this type of wood has become popular for the structures, sidings and can even be used to build terrace. Because hemlock can easily cracked, attention must however be paid to fibre rolled up near the saw cutline when drying.
Known for its resistance to weather and humidity, hemlock nevertheless remains fragile to graying. If it is used in an apparent way and you do not want your wood to become greyish, you will have to add a finishing product to your hemlock siding. However, since it is an open-pore wood, it requires more product than another type of wood, but its protection is thus improved.


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What product should I use to protect my wood dock against water and UV rays?

Mushrooms, bluishness, peeling, graying ... over the years, your dock will not be immune to damage caused by bad weather. By knowing how to choose the finishing product for our dock, we can avoid many worries. This is why it is important to understand the type of dock we are dealing with and to know the characteristics of a good protective product against the biggest assailants on our platforms: water and UV rays from the sun. 
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Marc-André, Ph. D
Thanks Ellis!
Monday, 25 February 2019 08:30


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